This equipment is called the Emergency Response Cuff (ERC) and is sometimes referred to as the Soft-Cuff due its tough-cloth construction. While sharing many characteristics with its long-standing law-enforcement cousin, the metal handcuff, some could say that this new device is an important evolution on a theme.
This restraint equipment has recently been released to healthcare and police services, following an expert medical review and the development of a training programme for its use in a variety of settings where it is gaining much attention and some popularity.
The ERC is part of a product family which started with the Emergency Response Belt (ERB) which is a restraint device originating the the USA and which has a very successful history. The ERB has been in use by emergency responders of all kinds to assist in the control of violent subjects for almost two decades in the UK, having first been adopted by police agencies looking for ways to control people involved in, for example, acute behavioural disturbances.
The safety record for ERB is remarkable in that there have been no adverse incidents due to its use. One of the reasons for this is that the equipment itself is only released to individuals, teams or organisations who have had accredited training in the safe and appropriate use of the device.
It is therefore worth noting that any organisation or team who want to procure the ERB or ERC devices would first have to evidence that they have had full, accredited training from a competent ERB/ERC trainer before the equipment will be shipped to them.
Training is accompanied by a full manual, including advice on the storage and care of the device as well as comprehensive instructional details on the safe and appropriate application of the device for different needs.
The accompanying course is designed to impart essential knowledge about the framework within which mechanical restraint becomes a viable and practical alternative to physical (manual) restraint and an accompanying adjunct to chemical (medication) restraint of an aggressive or behaviourally disturbed patient.
The course builds on first-responder principles by broadening and deepening the staff awareness of impact factors which will influence their decision-making while also giving them a broader range of physical control methods from which they may select the most appropriate in given circumstances.
Training Course Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, your staff will have successfully completed all the necessary learning outcomes for the award of a certificate of competency from Dynamis.
Staff who successfully complete this course will:
- Understand the primary reason for the use of emergency restraint devices, including handcuffs, leg restraints and Emergency Body Restraints.
- Understand the Health & Safety implications of the use of restraint devices, including the risk factors for sentinel events and near-miss analysis.
- Understand the common legal positions on the use of ‘offensive weapons’ and how trestraint devices are interpreted.
- Understand the relevant issues raised by international Human Rights standards on detention, care and custody.
- Understand other areas of guidance if required such as: The (UK) Mental Health Act Code of Practice and National Institute for Cinical Excellence guidelines.
- Understand the medical implications of the use of restraint devices, including positional asphyxia.
- Demonstrate how to apply restraint devices to a passive subject.
- Demonstrate how to apply restraint devices to an aggressive subject.
- Demonstrate how to remove restraint devices correctly.